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The Deutsche Bank Championship is the established second tournament of the four tournament FedEx Cup (FEC) Playoffs. Played at TPC Boston in Norton, Massachusetts, the Deutsche always features low scoring, as 100 players look to secure the 70 spots available at the BMW Championship. The tournament which is managed by the Tiger Woods Foundation, as you'd expect has a high class feel to it and recent Deutsche Champions include Henrik Stenson, Rory McIlroy, Vijay Singh, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods. Enough said! Read Steve Bamford's Deutsche Bank Championship tips for 2014 click here
Tournament Facts & Scheduling
TPC Boston is an attackable Par 71 course, where birdies matter. The famous 298 yard Par 4 4th hole and 2 very reachable Par 5s; which includes the closing 18th hole; make eagles and birdies a must for any player that wants to challenge for the title. The course annually plays as one of the easiest tracks on the PGA Tour, with softer conditions often helping to lower the scoring. Being the second instalment of the FEC Playoff series, players are totally focussed on getting themselves established within the Top 30 of the standings and there are no doubts TPC Boston aids that goal; as the course has hosted the tournament ever since it was established in 2003. Course knowledge is not an issue.
The Barclays Course Details
TPC Boston, Norton, Massachusetts. Designer: Palmer Design 2001, with Hanse re-design 2006; Course Type: Resort; Par: 71; Length: 7,216 yards; Bunkers: 57; Fairways: Bentgrass; Rough: Kentucky Bluegrass Fescue; Greens: 6,100 sq.ft average featuring Bentgrass; Stimpmeter: 11.5ft Scoring Avg 2012: 70.65. Ranked 31 of 49 courses for difficulty on the 2012 PGA Tour. Scoring Avg 2013: 69.21. Ranked 39 of 43 courses for difficulty.
Previous Champions: 2013: Henrik Stenson; 2012: Rory McIlroy; 2011: Webb Simpson; 2010: Charley Hoffman; 2009: Steve Stricker; 2008: Vijay Singh.
2013: -22/262; 2012: -20/264; 2011: -15/269; 2010: -22/262; 2009: -19/265; 2008: -22/262
Winners Prices: 2013: Stenson - 28/1 2012: McIlroy - 12/1 2011: Simpson - 35/1 2010: Hoffman - 125/1 2009: Stricker- 22/1
Pre-Tournament Key Summary
Make eagles and birdies or go home is the mantra at TPC Boston. 25 birdies and just 3 bogeys got the job done for Henrik Stenson in 2013. Rory McIlroy hit 1 eagle plus 25 birdies on his way to beating the magnificent Louis Oosthuizen in the 2012 renewal. For you stat lovers that's a 35% and 36% birdie or better conversion rate per hole. Numbers like this are quite incredible, but the fact of the matter is that TPC Boston is a very scorable track for ball strikers who are at the very top of their games.
Form horses have won the Deutsche Bank Championship for a number of consecutive seasons now. Stenson had finished 4th at the US Open and 3rd at the PGA Championship 3 weeks prior to winning the 2013 Deutsche. Rory McIlroy had finished 5th in the Bridgestone Invitational and has captured his 2nd Major Championship grown at Kiawah Island prior to arriving in Boston back in 2012. Add to this mix Webb Simpson, who had just won his maiden PGA Tour title back in 2011 at the Wyndham Championship. Some players can extend form over a number of weeks and Simpson on a mental high went on to win on only his 2nd taste of TPC Boston.
Only Charley Hoffman's victory in 2010; to date; has gone 'against the grain.' But even in the Charley's case, the resort course monster, had finished 7th at the John Deere Classic and 4th at the RBC Canadian Open, prior to beating the world's very best in Massachusetts.
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